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April 2011

National AgrAbility Project News

Save the Date - AgrAbility All-Staff Call May 26 at 3:00 p.m. EDT, 866-803-2444. Michael O'Gorman, Executive Director of the Farmer Veteran Coalition, is the featured presenter.

Registration is open for the Arthritis, Agriculture, and Rural Life: State of the Art Research, Practices, and Applications Conference (AARL Conference), which will be held at the Purdue University Beck Center in West Lafayette, IN May 11-13. more

Save the Date! Join us as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of AgrAbility at the 2011 AgrAbility National Training Workshop. more

Remember to get your proposals in for your state to host the 2012 National Training Workshop! more

The NAP is currently accepting proposals for session presentations for the 2011 National Training Workshop. more

The Journal of Agromedicine recently featured three articles on AgrAbility, including two peer-reviewed papers by AgrAbility staff members. more

Two-pocket glossy folders with the AgrAbility logo on the front are now available for $0.90 each plus shipping. Contact Kylie Hendress

The Mental/Behavioral Health Community of Interest is scheduled to host a discussion on traumatic brain injury with Anna Garrett, Executive Director of the Indiana Brain Injury Association, and Dr. Lance Trexler, neuropsychologist and Director, Department of Rehabilitation Neuro-psychology and Program Director for Neurobehavioral Services at the
Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, on May 3 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

Click here for the schedule of upcoming Community of Interest and Standing Committee call information.

State and Regional AgrAbility Project News


CalAgrAbility and the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers have been collaborating on conducting training workshops for all AT Advocate Managers in California. more

The Woodland Family Resource Center has also requested farming with arthritis workshops, asking for seminars regarding work with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and exercise and arthritis.

The Team also traveled to the Central Coast to conduct a 3-hour educational in-service training for Puente staff in March. more

Several CalAg consumers were awarded scholarships to attend the 21st Annual California Small Farm Conference held in San Jose in March. more


The Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is piloting a project with Colorado AgrAbility (CAP) to facilitate the DVR process for most CAP clients. more

CAP staff hosted a booth at the 29th Annual Four States Ag Expo in Cortez, CO on March 16-19, 2011. more


Steve Swain, rural rehabilitation specialist for Indiana AgrAbility, conducted a training at the Area IV Agency on Aging and Community Action Program advisory board meeting in March. more

Throughout March, Kylie Hendress, engagement coordinator for Indiana AgrAbility, continued giving presentations at various events, including Extension Educator area meetings, a pesticide applicator certification meeting, and a Farmer’s Share Breakfast. more


On March 9, Jan Johnston presented “AgrAbility for the Sight Impaired” at the Sapulpa 20/20 Vision Club. more

OK AgrAbility distributed a press release announcing the AgrAbility Day at the Capitol. more


Vermont Center for Independent Living has had important networking meetings with several groups. more


Wisconsin Public Service Show, a large farm show in Oshkosh, took place March 29-31. more


Cory McGregor, an AgrAbility staff member and Independent Living Program Manager of Wyoming Services for Independent Living, recently received the annual Linda Gonzales Award from APRIL, the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living.

Staff Changes


Welcome to Julie York, the new program coordinator for Oklahoma AgrAbility. Email: Look for more info in the Oklahoma AgrAbility newsletter.

AgrAbility in the News

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Other News

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Upcoming Events

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